Interview with Chelle Cordero

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I don’t think it’s as important WHERE I grew up as HOW. I grew up in the Bronx, a northern suburb of New York City and there were many opportunities to be myself, experience adventure, enjoy creativity, and meet so many different people. The HOW is that my parents were very open minded, encouraging and supportive so they allowed me to take advantage of these opportunities. I had a very happy and fulfilling childhood. Whenever things didn’t go just the way I wanted, my parents helped me see the positives and build from there. They loved my sister and me unconditionally and yet still expected us to abide by rules and high standards (they were terrific role models).
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the idea of people reading the words I write and considering the ideas I pen. I feel a literal thrill every time I see my name on a book or as a byline to an article. It is an astonishing feeling to get people thinking and feeling.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans and all of my readers are the people I reach out to every time I write. They are the people I look to communicate with, they are the people I write for.
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
I would probably write a series of novels about Emergency Services, especially medical. I spent nearly three decades myself as a volunteer NYS Certified Emergency Medical Technician responding via an ambulance to all forms of medical and traumatic emergencies; my husband has also been a volunteer EMT and both of our offspring are career EMS. I also spent several years as a volunteer with the NYC Auxiliary Police (where I finally got together with my husband) and I have a lot of folks I care about in fire services. Emergency responders (paid or volunteer) put their own lives on the line constantly and have my complete admiration, respect and gratitude – they help to ensure the welfare of our homes and communities. I’ve already written two EMS stories, Final Sin and Hyphema and I probably will write more.
What question do you wish was on the list? Your answer?
I wish I had been asked about my experiences as a writer, the people and companies I’ve dealt with, and the lessons I’ve learned. I wrote my very first professionally published newspaper article as a favor for the Community Affairs Officer at the precinct where I was an Auxiliary Officer, it was about a young man who died while assisting a mugging victim and it taught me about the necessity of responsible journalism. Years later I freelanced for a few local magazines and learned lots about egos, pride, and the human factor. I also learned about editors who ranged from very easy to very difficult to work with. I made friends with one newspaper editor and we are still friends more than 25 years later, she taught me a lot. The first publishing company I ever signed with wasn’t supportive and I felt very alone and unsuccessful. However I finally found Vanilla Heart Publishing and have truly found a home, learned lots about teamwork, have received total support and have formed terrific friendships with the managing editor and several talented authors. And I still freelance for several magazines, newspapers and even a syndication service. My writing history has left me feeling confident and afforded me a lot of pride.
Published 2013-09-12.
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Books by This Author

Until the Ambulance Arrives
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Price: Free! Words: 16,120. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Safety and first aid
Until the Ambulance Arrives - A helpful guide by Chelle Cordero, Emergency Medical Technician, CPR and First Aid Instructor, and long-time volunteer with her local ambulance corps. Chelle is a multipublished author, journalist and writer for multiple publications, and has included teaser chapters of her two EMS Novels - Final Sin and Hyphema - in this free ebook.
Karma Visited
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,410. Language: American English. Published: September 15, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Do you believe in karma? Annie Furman has a gift that allows her, while she sleeps, to visit people in their time of need - but who will be there for her when she needs help? Undersheriff Dave Turner is investigating a series of home invasions and homicides. He has no idea that solving this case will lead him to the woman of his dreams.
The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,140. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The Many Faces of Chelle Cordero is a single author collection of short stories featuring Introduction, Pussycat Tails, Holiday Happiness, Not Alone, I Swear That Raccoon Just Knocked on the Door, Stormy Weather, A Mother’s Love, More Than a Friend, The Meeting, The Vacation and a special bonus section.
Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day, Volume 2
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,520. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
In celebration of Volume 1 going to print edition due to demand, Chelle Cordero and Vanilla Heart Publishing have put together another complete month of lessons about the craft of writing and being a writer, from time management to social networking, organizing queries to publication, and more. Includes more than 50 brain-starting exercises and prompts to help you get those words on paper.
Hyphema
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Series: EMS Novels by Chelle Cordero, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,260. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2011 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Hyphema: Bleeding in the eye caused by trauma… Matt Garratti, a paramedic from New York, moves his wife and son to North Carolina to work at his dream job as a flight medic. Pakistani born Sudah, his wife, receives frosty stares and insensitive comments from their new neighbors... Matt wonders if he is pursuing his dream or bringing his family into a nightmare from which they may never wake.
Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,710. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2010 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
A complete month of lessons about the craft of writing and being a writer, from time management to social networking, organizing queries to publication, and more. In the Bonus Section of this book you’ll find more than 50 brain-starting exercises to help you get those words on paper.
His Lucky Charm
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Series: Chelle Cordero's Cousins Suspenses, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,990. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2010 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas... this time it follows Brandon and Caitlyn across the country and into a world of espionage and danger. The one thing that Brandon knows for sure is that he can't afford to lose his lucky charm, Caitlyn.
Common Bond, Tangled Hearts
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,180. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2009 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Layne Gillette’s world is turned upside down when a man she has never met shows up to lay claim as the father of her 6-year old son. When Layne’s abusive “ex-husband” shows up, they are torn apart by danger, kidnapping and lies.
A Chaunce of Riches
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,130. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2009 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Ben Johnson was hired as a bodyguard for a rich widow and her kid, but he never expected to be working for the woman who had abandoned him just when he had needed her the most. Damn it all, he still wanted her. Samantha Chaunce never thought she would have to explain why she married the rich man instead of Ben. Or that her husband had been murdered...and Ben was the prime suspect.
Hostage Heart
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,000. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2009 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Life was hard after the hurricanes swept through, destroying her parents' home and livelihood... An errand for her boss - a chance encounter with a crew of bank robbers - a kind man who tried to help her ... a man who isn't all he seems...no, he is so much more
Final Sin
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Series: EMS Novels by Chelle Cordero, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,860. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2009 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Deputy Sheriff Commander Jake Carson has his hands full... investigation of a brutal multiple homicide, a troubled son and a vindictive ex-wife. He meets young, free-spirited paramedic Julie Jennings. When Julie becomes the subject of an obsession, it puts both of them in danger...
Courage of the Heart
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Series: Survivors by Chelle Cordero. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,040. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2009 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Sometimes love is the only cure for the very deepest of emotional wounds. The story of the two lovers takes a series of unexpected and fast paced turns where lives, sanity and love are put in jeopardy. Their commitment to one another results in a spirit that binds them together and helps them to overcome physical and emotional dangers.
Within the Law
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Series: Chelle Cordero's Cousins Suspenses, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,410. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2009 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Tom gave up on ever falling in love again the day that he buried his high school sweetheart and fiancé. He started a career in law enforcement just so that he could find her murderer and rapist. Just when he is about to see justice done, he meets Alli Davis-the defense attorney for the murdering rapist who took his love from him.
Bartlett's Rule
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Series: Survivors by Chelle Cordero. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,810. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2009 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Bartlett's Rule shares the story of Lon and Paige's love affair; a romance filled with hardship, emotion, danger and triumph. Falling in love was never the challenge; being there for each other, knowing just what to say and making it work is the real test. Paige and Lon are real; they are human, they cry and they laugh. Paige has to learn to trust. Lon has to learn to be patient.